In February of 1942 the United States Government ordered all manufacturers to cease production of automobiles and shift their priorities to war related efforts. Packard returned to the production of aircraft and marine engines, ambulance and military vehicles. More than 60,000 combined engines were produced by the Packard factory during the war.
1941 Packard Coupe
On a 127” wheelbase, this 1941 Model 120 Club Coupe houses a 282 cubic inch L-headed, straight 8, cast iron block engine with a 3.5 inch bore and 4.63 inch stroke that produces 160 Hp. Body number 1495's listed for $1235 and weighed 3430 pounds. This car is equipped with optional heater, radio and turn signals. Additional options were a spotlight, dual side-mounts and, for an extra $275, air conditioning.
When the Packard Company began automobile production in 1899, it was known as Ohio Automobile Company. In 1903 the name was changed to the Packard Motor Car Company when it moved from Warren, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan. The move was the result of a majority stock purchase made by investors in the Detroit area. With the onset of World War I, Packard shifted its focus to the production of engines for boats and aircraft. This kept the company busy during the War while generating significant profits. Packard survived the Great Depression and was still at the fore-front of vehicle production at its end.